Lisa Naples Ceramics – Doylestown PA USA

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About Me

About Me
Lisa Naples Ceramics

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After 37 years working with clay, attempting to express something personal still challenges and therefore engages me.

In 2005, the surfaces of my pots took on illustrated characters and began to tell stories through those illustrations. In 2008, those stories became 3-D as I began exploring narratives through sculpted animal figures. Both of these developments came as a surprise to me. But then, that’s just it… an openness to compelling impulses has been and continues to be my guide. With that in mind, I consciously effort to stay present in my studio. I don’t make art by entering my studio ‘knowing’, rather with a disciplined commitment to ‘not knowing’. This leaves a lot of room for experimentation, failure and profound gratitude.


Islamic Ceramic Traditions, Symposium 2002

The Ceramics Program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard. Cambridge, MA

Master of Fine Arts Ceramics, 1986–1988

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada. Full Scholarship for graduate work

Post Graduate Study in Ceramics, 1984–1986

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Study Ceramics, 1983–1984

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Full Summer Internship, Ceramics, 1982

Peters Valley, Layton, NJ

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, 1982

Douglass College of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Arrowmont School of Art and Craft – Gatlinburg, TN: Workshop Instructor: 1 and 2 week. – 2016, 2006+2003

Long Island Craft Guild: Workshop Instructor for 2-day intensive. Long Island, NY – 2015

Clay in Mind: Burlington, NJ. Full day demo-style workshop for high school teachers in NJ – 2015

“Form and Surface” Conference presenter for Potters Council Conference – Santa Ana, CA – 2014

Ceramic Arts Daily: Production of DVD on Slab Building Pottery – 2014

Ceramic Arts Daiily: Production of DVD on Animal Figures and Found Objects  –  2014

Wallingford Pottery Guild: Slab building pottery 2 day workshop, Wallingford, PA – 2013

Greenbelt Community Center: workshop instructor: Animal figures/found objects Greenbelt, MD – 2013

The Clay Studio: Workshop Instructor: Surface Treatments, Philadelphia, PA – 2013

Tyler Center for the Arts: workshop instructor: Slab Building Pottery. Richboro, PA –  2012

Core Clay – Workshop instructor. Cincinnati, OH 2010

Shakerag Workshops – Workshop instructor. Sewanee, TN 2010

Pennsylvania State Festival of the Arts – Juror 2010

Handbuilt – Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 2009. One of 4 presenters at this 1st ever national conference dedicated to handbuilding ceramics.

Penland School of Craft – Penland, NC 2008, Workshop instructor: Throwing, hand-building and surface treatment

Middletown Arts Center – Middletown, OH 2007. Workshop instructor of hand-building and surface treatment

Arrowmont School of Art and Craft – Gatlinburg, TN 2006+2003. Workshop instructor of hand-building, glazing and decorating

Australian National University – Canberra, Australia 2005. Artist in Residence

Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts – Asheville, NC 2005. One week intensive hand-building workshop instructor

Kent State University – Kent, OH 2005. 2-day workshop instructor

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA 2004. Slide lecture on the development of work

The Clay Studio – Philadelphia, PA 2004. 2-day workshop instructor of hand-building and decorating techniques

Lee Art Center – Arlington, VA 2003. Workshop for teaching personal handbuilding techniques

Worcester Center for Crafts – Worcester, MA 2002. 2-day, slab-building workshop instructor

The 92nd Street “Y” – New York City, NY 2001. 2-day, slab-building workshop instructor

Northern Clay Center – McNight Artists Fellowships and Residencies 2001. Juror. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Northern Clay Center – American Pottery Festival 2000. Slab-building workshop instructor. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts – Utilitarian Clay III 2000. Conference presenter . Gatlinburg, TN

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

Extraordinary Creatures – The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA  – 2017

Philadelphia Potters Tour – Philadelphia, PA – 2017

Morven in May – Morven Museum, Princeton, NJ – 2017

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center – Tempe, AZ – Permanent Collection –  2016

Phillips Mill Commuity Association – New Hope, PA – Various show awards – 2016-15, 2012, 2011, 2010

Ceramic Arts Daily: Production of DVD on Slab Building Pottery 2014

Ceramic Arts Daiily: Production of DVD on Animal Figures and Found Objects2014

Art of The Pot Tour – Austin, TX –  Guest Artist by invitation of Claudia Reese – 2014        

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show – Philadelphia, PA 2014-11, 2007-6, 1998 + 1993. Awarded the Jane and Leonard Korman Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Ceramics at the 2012 PMA show

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts – San Angelo, TX – Permanent Collection 2014

Washington Craft Show – Washington, DC 2012

Patrons’ Award for Sculpture: Phillips Mill Community Association New Hope, PA – 2012+2011

Ceramics Invitational –The Trenton City Museum: Trenton, New Jersey 2010

Best of Philly: Best Gallery Artist – This honor bestowed by Philadelphia Magazine 2010

The award for sculpture in memory of Shaun M. Miller: Phillips Mill Community Assoc. New Hope, PA – 2010

“Mentors/Past and Present” – University of the Arts and NCECA Phila. PA 2010

“1895 Years of Pottery” – Exhibition of Senior Potters’ work during NCECA Phila. PA 2010

Constructed: A Handbuilt Review – Mudfire Clayworks and Gallery – Decatur, GA 2010

Contemporary Folklore – 4 person show of Narrative Sculpture. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA 2010

American Pottery Festival – Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010, 2001 – 1999

Yunomi Exhibition – AKA, Iowa City, IA 2009-2006

Art of the State – State Museum, Harrisburg, PA 2009

Handbuilt – Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 2009

NCECA Conference – Pittsburgh, PA 2008, Cera(mix) Pittsburgh: Manchester Craftsmaen’s Guild + La Mesa: Santa Fe Clay

One and Only: Gifts Made by Hand – John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 2007

Iinspired Utility: Exceptional ceramic Vessels – Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA 2006

CraftsBoston – The Society of Arts and Crafts – Boston, MA 2006

NCECA Residency award – Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 2005

The Power of Pottery – NCECA, Baltimore, MD 2005

Bowled Over – The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 2005

Duets and This Splendid Table – Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design 2004

Featured Gallery Artist – The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 2004

Surfaces –  AKAR, Iowa City, IA 2003

Functional Pottery Invitational – Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM 2003

Women in Clay: Pots for Daily Use – Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC 2003

The 25th Annual Invitational Ceramic Show – By invitation of Karen Karnes. Old Church Cultural Center School of Art, Demarest, NJ 1999, 1995 – 1993

Redware: Tradition and Beyond – The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 1999

Crafts at the Castle – Family Services of Greater Boston, Boston, MA 1998 – 1997

Functional Work: American Potters – Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities – Arvada, CO 1997

Smithsonian Craft Show – National Building Museum, Washington, DC 1997 – 1995

American Craft Council Show – Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD 1996 – 1994

Soup Tureens 1993 – Helen Drutt Gallery, Phila., PA 1993

Fleisher Challenge Exhibition – Solo show administered by the Phila., Museum of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, Phila., PA 1993

Tempe Tea Party (Juror’s Award) –  Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, Arizona 1993

The First Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National (Amaco Clay Co. Award) – Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA 1993



Splendid Settings The Art + Craft of Entertaining by Jane Korman, 2011. Pages 19, 54+55

The Vase and Beyond. The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel Crocker Art Museum by Diana L. Daniels and Martha Drexler Lynn, 2010. Pages vi (detail) and pg. 289

Masters Earthenware: Major Works by Leading Artists by Matthias Ostermann, 2010. Pages 274-281

Wheel Throwing by Emily Reason, 2010. Page 53

The Ceramic Surface by Matthias Ostermann, 2002. Page 85

Surface Decoration for Low Fire Ceramics by Lynn Peters, 1999. Pages 31, 93, 124


Ceramics Monthly, Summer 2012, Feature with images on pgs. 46-47

Dtown Magazine, November 2010. Cover Image and feature on pages 26-29

ICON Magazine, April 2010, Cover Image and article pages 8-9

Philadelphia Magazine, August 2010, Best of Philly: Best Gallery Artist, Page 134

Clay Times, Nov/Dec 2009, Pages 34-37

Bucks Life Magazine, Fall 2009, Feature: Page 100

The Crafts Report, September 2006, Feature Article: Pages 42-43

Time Off Bucks County, January 25, 2002, Feature Article: Pages 10-11

The Studio Potter, June 2000, Feature article: page 88

Better Homes and Gardens: Decorating Magazine, Winter 1999, Feature Article: Pages 48-52

Seven Arts Magazine, February 1997, Feature Article: Page 41

Mid-Atlantic Country Magazine, April 1995, Pages 64-65

Technical Info

My functional pottery is made from an earthenware recipe that I developed while I was a graduate student in Nova Scotia.

For many years after grad school, I glaze fired to cone 04 which is the convention in this country. In 2005 while I was doing my residency at the Australian National University in Canberra, the other potters there innocently asked, “Why do you glaze fire at ‘bisque’ temperatures?”. That was the first indication I’d ever had that cone 04 might be a suspect temperature to fire earthenware. But I brushed it off mostly because my practice with it was supported by US studio potter standards for terra cotta.

Shortly after returning to the States, I offered a workshop at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gaitlinburg, TN. There, fate gave me a GIANT gift…one of my students in this handbuilding class was a ceramic engineer. Go figure. These folks typically never show up in these sorts of classes. But Karla Wagner is anything but “typical”. She and I forged a professional relationship and friendship from that time onward. Karla helped me see the virtue of ‘buying’ temperature for my earthenware.

She and I worked together to formulate a satin clear glaze and move my firing temperature up to cone 1-2. All this just to say, these pots are strong, strong, strong. When you knock on them they ring like porcelain. They can go in the microwave without heating up their handles (which happens to lower fired pots). They’re in and out of my dishwasher daily. They even have less than .5% absorption which means anything I make for the garden can live outside in the frozen NE winters w/out breaking.